« November 2007 | Main | January 2008 »

December 12, 2007

(S2.E8). The Cold War, Chapter 25

The Cold War. Welcome to another episode of Then and Now: World History Since 1500. You can subscribe to the podcast series by clicking on the button in the right hand column. You can also listen to just this episode by clicking on the following web link Download file

The Cold War.
As World War II drew to a close, another and potentially more devastating conflict began. A struggle for supremacy ignited between the world's two superpowers, the United States and the Soviet Union. The struggle began in Europe, splitting the continent into two armed camps. Their ideological split soon spread around the world, however, and pulled both nations into local conflicts. This Cold War struggle dominated both nations' foreign policy and sucked them into regional conflicts such as Korea and Vietnam. A prolific nuclear arms race also ensued. By the 1980s China added a third side to the conflict, and the U.S. and China developed diplomatic relations. The Soviets and Americans continued to compete for world influence through economics, but the threat of military conflict slipped away.

Check these sites out if you want to learn more about the topics
Letters from Khrushchev to John F. Kennedy concerning the Cuban Missile Crisis, visit http://www.loc.gov/exhibits/archives/x2jfk.html
To see and read about the Vietnam War, visit http://thewall-usa.com/
To see a complete history of the Korean War, visit http://www.koreanwar.org/

Please share feedback about the shows through any of the following methods:
1. post a comment to this blog page
2. send an email message to arendale@umn.edu
3. leave an audio comment on our listener feedback line at 206-333-1261

Take care,
David Arendale and the rest of the Then and Now Podcast Team